News Briefs on The LoJo in December 2015
By Jim Turner

Posted on December 31, 2015 10:21 PM


Concerned Citizens offering
OGO meal tickets to local eateries

Buy one, Get One Free meal tickets are being sold by Concerned Citizens of Logan County as a fund raiser for their after school tutorial program and food pantry. Purchasers can get one ticket for $10 or three for $25. Restaurants offering this discount are Colonial Inn, Solazteca, El Mocajata, Subway, Granny’s Kitchen, Domino’s, Sylfoni’s Pizza, Roy’s Bar-B-Q and Slappyz Diner. The tickets can be used once a month from January 2016 to January 2017. To buy one or more tickets, call Dorris Vick at 725-8721 or come by the Concerned Citizens building at 428 East Fifth Street in Russellville.



Cougars take 3rd in FSNB Classic in 2 OT

Noah Whittinghill & Garrison Rosser provided the late heroics as the Logan County Cougars beat Springfield 66-65 in double overtime to take third in the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic boys bracket. Rosser hit a pair of 3-pointers late in regulation and then popped in a field goal from the free throw line for what proved to be the winning points with 10 seconds remaining. Whittinghill scored the first nine Cougar points in the overtimes and then made a steal to seal the win. The Cougars had a chance to win in both regulation and the first OT, but Whittinghill and Austin Rayno were called for offensive charges. The win was the fourth in the last five starts for Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars, who entertain Russellvile in the Clash of the Cats Saturday night.



RHS vs. Pardue in FSNB finals

Once again, the finals of the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic will feature Coach Dennis Pardue and the Russellville Panthers, but they won’t be on the same bench. RHS reached the finals Tuesday evening by routing Springfield 84-60, scoring 32 points in the third quarter to establish a running clock. Pedro Bradshaw scored 26 points in three quarters, freshman Jacob Naylor hit four 3-pointers on the way to 16 points, Micah Naylor added 11 and Jaylin McMurry 10. Pardue’s Kenwood Knights held off the Logan County Cougars 63-43. Logan scored only a single point in the first quarter but had cut the lead to six at halftime and trailed by only 7 midway through the final quarter. Matthew Norl scored 24 points in the win, 21 of them in the second half. Keith Dowlen added 10 and Tyree Boykin 8. For Logan, Noah Whittinghill had 14 with Lorenzo Garcia & Mykal Hampton getting 10 each. Hampton got the Cougars going with three 3-pointers, including the first two goals the Cougars managed. Logan will play Springfield for third place at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the RHS-Kenwood game to follow, both at Jim Young Gymnasium. Pardue will seek his fifth title in this tournament, three of them as the Panthers’ coach.



Lady Cougars reach semifinals

The Logan County Lady Cougars won their First Southern National Bank opener Tuesday morning, crushing Central Hardin 53-28. Statistics are not yet available. Coach Finley Baird's team is playing Christian County in the semifinals tonight at home and leads 34-33 late in the third quarter.



Cougars, Panthers & Kenwood

all reach FSNB semifinals

The two local teams and one with local ties are in the semifinals of the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic tonight. The Russellville Panthers beat St. Mary 86-67 Tuesday morning with Jaylin McMurry scoring 27, Jacob Naylor 22, Micah Naylor 19 and Pedro Bradshaw 10. Senior Austin Hubert scored over half of the Vikings’ points with 39. Coach Phil Todd’s team will play the Dyersburg-Springfield winner at 8 tonight at RHS. Logan County also won big, defeating Prestonsburg 76-42. Logan does not report its scoring or any other statistics. Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars will face defending tournament champion Clarksville Kenwood at LCHS at 8. Coach Dennis Pardue’s Kenwood Knights beat Owensboro Apollo 62-46 today. All four teams are guaranteed to finish no lower than fourth in the eight-team field.



Cougars win pair of road games

The Logan County Cougars broke out of a slump last week to win two games against Clarksville area teams. In a low-scoring 44-39 win over Houston County, Noah Whittinghill had 9 points, Lorezo Garcia and Austin Rayno 7. Garrison Rosser, Rayno and Whittinghill each hit a 3-pointer. Taylor Owens’ single free throw was the only one the Cougars managed in five tries. Garcia had 12 rebounds. No stats were released in a 58-55 win over Northwest. Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars (3-5) will take on Prestonsburg in their FSNB Christmas Classic opener at home at noon Tuesday.



Loreal Cheaney piles up stats

as Lady Panthers win tourney

Junior Loreal Cheaney showed clearly Tuesday that she is back from a toe injury that had sidelined her briefly as she led the Russellville Lady Panthers to a 60-35 win over Villa Madonna in the Lady bombers Christmas Tournament at Ballard Memorial High School. Cheaney had 22 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals. Coach Calvin Head’s team went on to win the tournament Wednesday with a 68-46 victory over Crittenden County. Watch The LoJo for more details.



Brooke Barnes piles up triple

double in Lady Cougar win

Senior Brooke Barnes recorded a triple double Dec. 18 in leading the Logan County Lady Cougars to a 63-45 win over Christian County. The veteran center totaled 20 points, 15 blocked shots, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Fellow senior post player Rachel Barnett also had great stats with 20 points, 12 rebounds and two assists with a steal. A third senior, Torrie Pollard, added 9 assists and 3 steals. Coach Finley Baird’s team totaled 21 assists and hit over 50 percent from the field.



Wilkins, Dickerson, White retiring

from key Pennyrile positions

Three long-time employees of Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperatives with key positions In the Russellville District are retiring next week, The LoJo has learned. They are District Manager Mark Wilkins, who has been with PRECC 37 years, Member Services Supervisor Maria Dickerson (34 years), and Line Crew Foreman Jeff White (42 years) have 113 years of combined service. The Russellville and Elkton districts have been consolidated into the Daysville District, but local offices remain. Another long-time employee, Christy Devasier Doepel, is expected to head the Russellville office.



Post Oak Music Ministry to present

'O Holy Night' Sunday evening

Post Oak Baptist Church Music Ministry will present O Holy Night Sunday at 6 p.m. at the church on Bluegrass Avenue. Scott Sansom describes it as “a dynamic Christmas celebration capturing the wonder and awe capturing the miraculous night that Christ was born. It features Post Oak’s Worship Choir, Children’s Choir, Sunday Night Life, soloists, Instrumental Ensemble and Drama Team. It’s dedicated to the memory of Alice Hardin, Stella Young & Darlene Little, “who faithfully served and contributed much to the music ministry of Post Oak Baptist Church.” 



Santa to visit Lewisburg Bank today

Santa Claus will visit the Lewisburg branch of Lewisburg Banking Company Friday from 3-5 p.m. The public is invited to drop by to see him and take pictures with him.



Panther Pizza Night tonight

From RHS Athletic Director Calvin Head: "Panther Nation we need you in full force tonight! Come out and support your Panther and Lady Panther basketball teams for our first home G/B double header with Barren County. Tipoff is scheduled for 6. All students who are in the student section before 6 will receive a free slice of pizza!" 



Bryant bombs game winner at buzzer

as Lady Panthers rise to 5-0 record

With her team trailing by a point with 2.3 seconds remaining, senior Davonya Bryant hit a 3-point shot from midcourt, as the Russellville Lady Panthers beat Caldwell County 50-48 Tuesday. It was the fifth straight win without a loss for Coach Calvin Head’s team. The Lady Panthers won without the services of leading scorer Loreal Cheaney, who was out with what Head terms “a minor injury.” Bryant scored 18 points, Deshale LeBlanc 14 and Denise Stovall 8. Cameron Clift scored 16 for Caldwell and Taylor McDaniels added 14.



Pollard pops perfect foul shots

as Lady Cougars edge Central

Senior Torrie Pollard hit all eight of her fourth-quarter free throws and Cierra Johnson hit a key free throw late as Coach Finley Baird’s visiting Logan County Lady Cougars edged Warren Central 44-43 Monday to run their record to 5-2. Pollard scored 15 points and 4 assists. Rachel Barnett totaled 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Brooke Barnes had 8 each of points and blocked shots while grabbing 12 boards. Tia Barnett scored 15 points for Coach Joe Hood’s Lady Dragons.



LCHS musicians to present

concert at SKYPAC Thursday

The Logan County High School Music Department will present a Winter Concert at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKYPAC) on Thursday, Dec. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. The school’s Jazz Band, Chamber Choir, and Symphonic Band will all perform seasonal favorites. Admission is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30.



Panthers romp past Todd Central

Four Panthers were in double figures, including freshman reserve Jacob Naylor, as Russellville won 71-44 at Todd Central Friday. Pedro Bradshaw led with 17 points while Jason Mitchell scored 12 and Ricky Bellamy 11. Bradshaw and Bellamy controlled the paint. John Calvery scored 11 for the Rebels and Travay Henry 10. RHS is now 2-0 on the season.



RHS & LCHS girls win district road games Friday

Both Russellville and Logan County girls teams won district road games impressively Friday. The Lady Cougars almost doubled Franklin-Simpson 53-27. Rachel Barnett hit 7 of 9 shots for 14 points. Brooke Barnes had 13 points and 6 blocks. Torrie Pollard hit a trio of 3-pointers. Cierra Johnson added 7 points and some sharp passes. Jessie Bellar topped F-S with 9. Logan played without the injured Taleia Mason... Despite serious foul trouble for leading scorer Loreal Cheaney, the Lady Panthers ran their record to 3-0, beating Todd Central 69-53. Freshman DeShale Leblanc scored 20, Devonya Bryant 18 and Cheaney 17. The Lady Rebels were led by Alecia Salazaar with 17 and Jade Robinson with 11.



Russellvillians involved in fatal accident near Franklin Thursday

From WRUS News: Kentucky State Police Post 3 troopers were called to a traffic fatality Thursday night in Simpson County. Courtney Mayo, 25, of Russellville, was driving a 2007 Nissan sedan west on Ky. 100 when state police said it appears she crossed the centerline in the 3600 block of Ky. 100 just outside Franklin and collided with a 1997 Ford sedan traveling east, according to a release from KSP. Christopher Hampton, 29, of Russellville, was driving the Ford. Mayo was pronounced dead at the scene by the Simpson County Coroner’s Office, according to the release. Hampton and his passenger, Demarcus Yancey, 37, of Russellville, were taken by ambulance to The Medical Center at Bowling Green for treatment of their injuries. The investigation is ongoing.



Local girls teams up big at half

Both high school girls teams from the Land of Logan are rolling in district games at halftime. Coach Finley Baird's Logan County Lady Cougars are ahead of Franklin-Simpson 32-11 at the intermission while Coach Calvin Head's Russellville Lady Panthers lead Todd Central 35-22. Both girl-boy doubleheaders are on the road but the games are being carried on 610 WRUS with the calls being switched back and forth. Zach Woodall & Ben Brown are broadcasting the Logan games and Andy Woodall & Chris McGinnis the RHS-Todd games.



Students of Character throughout

Logan County to be honored

From Logan County CharacterWorks Director Lisa White: CharacterWorks will be recognizing our Logan County and Russellville City students of character on Dec. 12. This celebration will be held at the Historic Courthouse at 2 p.m. 



Lady Cougars to sign with Campbellsville

A trio of Logan County Lady Cougars will sign to play soccer for Campbellsville University in the next few weeks, according to Athletic Director Greg Howard. They are Bre Baptiste (Tuesday, Dec. 15), Lauren Burnett (Wednesday, Jan. 13) and Emma Cartas (Wednesday, Jan. 27). They all begin at 2:15 p.m. and the public is invited. The Lady Cougars have won all four 13th District Tournaments during their high school years, first under founding coach Daniel McCarley and the last three under Coach Dan Duncan. After playing powerful Bowling Green in the opening round of the first three regionals, they got a 1-0 win (on Sara Bills’ goal and Burnett’s shutout goalkeeping) over Barren County this year before falling to BGH in the semifinals.



Bradshaw scores 26 as Panthers open with 76-60 win at East

The Russellville Panthers opened their season in style Tuesday, winning 76-60 at Warren East. Coach Phil Todd's team got 26 points from DeAndre 'Pedro' Bradshaw, 14 each from Micah Naylor & Jason Mitchell, and 12 from Ricky Bellamy. East was led by Kaleb Britt with 16, McKenzie Strange with 16 and Kalil Britt with 10.



Kate Bouldin to swim for Campbellsville

Russellville High School senior Kate Bouldin will sign to swim competively for Campbellsville University during a ceremony at the RHS school library Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. See some recent stories on The LoJo about her success in the water. The public is invited.



Stevenson SBDM Council meeting date moved back a week

Stevenson Elementary Principal Lisa White has announces the Site Based Decision Making Council meeting previously scheduled forThursday, Jan. 7, will be changed to Monday, Jan. 11,.  As usual, the meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Stevenson’s Library. 



Logan teams sweep at Todd

Logan County teams turned on the defense Friday in sweeping a district doubleheader at Todd Central. Four Lady Cougars—Taleia Mason, Rachel Barnett, Torrie Pollard and Brooke Barnes—scored in double figures as Coach Finely Baird’s Lady Cougars won 60-44. Coach Lonnie Mason’s Cougars built a 49-19 lead before emptying the bench, and Logan won 49-32. Lorenzo Garcia hit 7 of 9 shots on the way to 16 points, and Austin Rayno hit three 3-pointers in three quarters to lead LCHS. Nine Cougars scored. More details will appear later.



deGraffenried Chorale to present

Handel's Messiah this Sunday

The deGraffenried Chorale will present Handel's Messiah Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. at Southern Heights Baptist Church on U.S. 431 on Russellville's southern border. Mary Beth Dowden is director and Susan Fox accompanist.


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